Finance Pros on the 2012 100 Most Influential List

Meet the treasurers, controllers and other finance executives on Treasury & Risk's 2012 List of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance.

Raffi Basmadjian
Head of Group Cash Management & Treasury IT
France Telecom

Over the last year, Basmadjian oversaw a revamp of France Telecom’s cash management and treasury structure that included cash pooling for 210 entities, netting for 197 and a treasury and cash management shared service center that serves 77 units. The company’s payment factory is due to be rolled out in 2012.


Jörg B. Bermüller
Head of Cash & Risk Management
Merck KGaA

As German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA–not to be confused with Merck & Co. in the U.S.–made a steady stream of acquisitions in recent years, including the purchase of Millipore, Bermüller was responsible for the smooth integration of treasury tasks, including implementing a risk management system and expanding the payment factory.


Gary Bischoping Jr.
Treasurer & VP

Bischoping led a transformation of Dell’s global treasury operations that standardized and automated processes and moved treasury from multiple platforms to just one. The effort, which included streamlining bank connectivity via SWIFT, provided Dell with real-time visibility into cash, liquidity and risk.


Brent Callinicos
Treasurer & VP

Callinicos and his team continue to automate Google’s treasury functions. Recent initiatives include expanding the payments infrastructure to non-treasury payment and automating the reporting system. Meanwhile, Callinicos has taken on added responsibility for the company’s worldwide accounting and tax.


Nick Cyprus
Controller, Chief Accounting Officer & VP
General Motors

As the auto company’s controller since 2006, Cyprus has redesigned the controller’s organization, staffed it with world-class talent and developed training programs to meet accountants’ continuing education requirements and train them in key high-risk areas.


Peter Dorey
Manager, Global Treasury Operations
Talisman Energy

Dorey is leading a program to enhance the Canadian oil and gas exploration and production company’s global treasury operations by implementing multicurrency notional cash pooling, centralized forecasting and FX management and enhanced technology.


Robert Falzon
Treasurer & SVP
Prudential Financial

Falzon developed a more risk-sensitive capital management framework to evaluate Prudential’s alternatives for redeploying capital, which results in greater capital flexibility. The framework includes a dynamic capital protection plan that identifies emerging stress scenarios.


Jorge Gomez
CFO, Pharmaceutical Division
Cardinal Health

Prior to being named to his current position earlier this year, Gomez served as Cardinal Health’s treasurer. In that position, he led risk management efforts that strengthened the balance sheet and resulted in several credit rating upgrades. He also played a key role in the $5 billion spin-off of the medical devices unit.


Tessa Hilado
SVP, Finance & Treasurer

Hilado has upgraded PepsiCo’s cash and debt management capabilities and provided leadership in the redesign of the defined-benefit pension plan, as well as the design and execution of a systematic hedging program. She also led funding efforts for a number of the company’s acquisitions, including the $7.8 billion transaction for its bottlers.


James Hodge
SVP, Corporate Controller & Treasurer
CA Technologies

Hodge led efforts to reduce leverage by more than $1 billion, which resulted in a ratings increase to investment grade (BBB+/Baa2) from speculative. He also centralized CA’s global cash management by using netting and both physical and notional cash pools.


Richard Lautch
Treasurer & VP

Lautch has played a key role as the coffee chain remodeled its financial structure by adding debt, via a commercial paper program and bond issuance, implementing a dividend and getting rid of underperforming stores.


Teri List-Stoll
SVP & Treasurer
Procter & Gamble

As P&G’s treasurer since 2009, List-Stoll completed the $2.7 billion divestiture of the Pringles business, and oversaw a $1 billion issue of 10-year notes at a record-low 2.38% yield, as well as the formation of a healthcare joint venture with Teva Pharmaceuticals.


François Masquelier
Head of Treasury & SVP, Corporate Finance
RTL Group

At Europe’s largest TV, radio and production company, Masquelier has implemented a group-wide reporting process for internal controls, developed a governance risk and compliance tool, and focused on setting up full straight-through processing across the company’s treasury systems.


Mark McDonough
Treasurer & VP
Merck & Co.

McDonough and the Merck treasury team were early adopters of ISO 20022 XML messaging and SEPA credit transfers, using them to implement a standard cash management process and global interface for payments and collections. The solution yielded savings by increasing cash visibility, enhancing yields and cutting bank charges.


Anita Patterson
Director of Treasury Services
Cox Enterprises

Patterson provides strategic direction on all treasury issues for the media company, including managing banking arrangements and ensuring Patriot Act compliance. She also serves as vice chairman and a member of the board for the Association for Financial Professionals.


Catherine Portman
VP, Treasury
Juniper Networks

Portman led efforts that resulted in Juniper’s obtaining an investment-grade rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, followed by the company’s first public debt offering. And her analysis of Juniper’s global counterparty risk enabled the company to take steps to reduce its potential exposure.


George Zinn
Treasurer & Corporate VP

In 2011, Microsoft took home the overall Alexander Hamilton Award for the fourth time, as Zinn and his team continue to come up with solutions that address significant treasury issues, such as cash visibility and risk tracking.


See the 2011 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance here.



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